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A24 Acquires U.S. Rights To Paul Schrader’s ‘First Reformed’

15 September 2017 4:51 PM, PDT

A24 has acquired U.S. rights to Paul Schrader's thriller First Reformed which stars Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried. The film, which had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival followed by screenings at Telluride and Toronto, will be distributed in 2018. The thriller centers on Ernst Toller (Hawke), a mysterious reverend based in a small town in upstate New York. When Toller is approached by Mary (Seyfried), a pregnant woman struggling with a seemingly unstable… »

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Harry Dean Stanton Remembered: “There Went A Great One,” David Lynch Says

15 September 2017 4:39 PM, PDT

Harry Dean Stanton died today at age 91 in Los Angeles, two weeks before his latest film Lucky was due to hit theaters from Magnolia Pictures. It is the latest of his more than 200 film and TV credits for the character actor extraordinaire, who was perhaps best known for his roles in Repo Man, Paris, Texas, David Lynch’s movies and Twin Peaks TV series, and as the patriarch of the polygamist family at the hub of HBO's Big Love. Still, the breadth of his roles was… »

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Deniz Gamze Ergüven On Recreating The La Riots For Her Sophomore Film ‘Kings’ – Toronto Studio

15 September 2017 4:00 PM, PDT

Two years ago, Deniz Gamze Ergüven was the toast of Cannes, winning the festival's Camera D'Or prize for first feature with her Directors' Fortnight entry Mustang, which went on to become France's foreign-language Oscar entry. Moving quickly on, Ergüven snapped up Bond star Daniel Craig to star opposite Halle Berry in her follow-up, Kings, which is set—surprisingly—in early-'90s Los Angeles and had its world premiere midway through the Toronto Film Festival. "Kings was… »

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Harry Dean Stanton Dies: Big-Screen Veteran & ‘Big Love’ Patriarch Was 91

15 September 2017 3:56 PM, PDT

Harry Dean Stanton, whose lantern jaw, hollowed-out cheeks, sunken eyes and, more often than not, four-days growth of stubble marked him as one of Hollywood’s most familiar faces and greatest character actors for more than half a century, died today of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his agent John S. Kelly told Deadline. He was 91. Starting out in 1950s Westerns through this year’s Twin Peaks and Lucky, Stanton lists some 200 film and TV… »

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Red Granite Settles With U.S. Government Over 2 Films As Part Of 1Mdb Case

15 September 2017 3:45 PM, PDT

Red Granite Pictures, the Hollywood financier and producer of Oscar-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street and other movies, has reached a settlement with the U.S. government for a portion of a wide-ranging federal investigation involving a fund known as 1 Malaysia Development Berhad, or 1Mdb. Deadline was the first to report that Red Granite and its co-founder and CEO Raza Aziz were being investigated by the feds and that the company’s assets included the films Daddy's… »

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Lili Fini Zanuck On Documenting Icon’s Highs & Lows In ‘Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars’ – Toronto Studio

15 September 2017 3:00 PM, PDT

Lili Fini Zanuck hasn't made a feature since 1991’s Rush, a '70s-set thriller in which Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Patric play undercover cops getting in over their heads in the Texas drug scene. That film features original music by British blues veteran Eric Clapton, whose call to Zanuck kickstarted the Toronto Film Festival entry Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars. A candid look at the musician's public and private life, it covers his early days with '60s legends The… »

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‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees On “The Interconnectedness Of Humanity” – Toronto Studio

15 September 2017 2:30 PM, PDT

Selling for a pricey £12.5m at Sundance this year, Dee Rees's Mudbound received a hearty welcome at the Toronto film festival in advance of its November 17 debut on Netflix. Adapted from Hilary Jordan's 2008 novel, with a cast including Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, Garrett Hedlund and singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige, Rees' film tells the intertwining stories of a white family and an African-American family in rural Mississippi after the Second… »

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‘My Days Of Mercy’ Stars Kate Mara & Ellen Page On Human Story About “How Love Heals” — Toronto Studio

15 September 2017 2:24 PM, PDT

Sitting down at Deadline’s Toronto Studio to promote Tali Shalom-Ezer’s third feature, My Days of Mercy, actresses Ellen Page, Kate Mara and Amy Seimetz are among the busiest working today, if their Tiff tally is any reflection. In addition to the Israeli director’s intimate drama, each actress has another project screening at this year’s festival. For Page, it’s unusual zombie family drama The Cured; for Mara, it’s would be political drama Chappaquiddick; and for… »

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‘Te Ata’ Trailer: First Look At Biopic Starring Q’orianka Kilcher

15 September 2017 1:36 PM, PDT

Te Ata, the feature film that stars Q’orianka Kilcher and tells the true story of the renowned Chickasaw storyteller who entertained at the White House, befriended the First Lady, performed for European Royalty and on stages around the world in a career that spanned more than 60 years, just released its first key art and trailer. Directed by Nathan Frankowski (Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed), the film will begin its rollout on September 29 in Oklahoma, then will open… »

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‘First Reformed’: Director Paul Schrader On Making “A Serious Film For Serious Times” – Toronto Studio

15 September 2017 1:31 PM, PDT

Paul Schrader came to Toronto just last year with the barking-mad crime movie Dog Eat Dog, starring Willem Dafoe and Nicolas Cage in a violent portrait of ageing gangsters, but his follow up couldn't be more different: with its hard-hitting talk of religion, raising questions of conscience and faith, First Reformed is, as the director happily described it, "a serious film for serious times.” Schrader came to the Deadline studio with one of his two main stars, the… »

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‘The Leisure Seeker’ Star Donald Sutherland: “We Owe An Awful Lot To Sony Classics” – Toronto Studio

15 September 2017 1:30 PM, PDT

Paolo Virzì came to the Toronto Film Festival having had a fantasy come true—with The Leisure Seeker, his English-language debut, playing to enthusiastic houses, the director came by the Deadline studio with the two stars he'd wanted from the get-go: Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland, who both praised Sony Classics for committing to the film in advance of its recent premiere in Venice. Adapted from the 2009 book by American author Michael Zadoorian, and described by… »

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TWC Teams With Lollipop Theater Network To Bring ‘Leap!’ To Children’s Hospitals

15 September 2017 1:12 PM, PDT

The Weinstein Company is partnering with Lollipop Theater Network, an organization dedicated to bringing the magic of current movies to children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses, to kick off a multi-screening series of Leap! in hospitals across the Los Angeles area. The Éric Summer and Éric Warin-directed animated film, which follows 11-year-old orphan Félicie (Elle Fanning), who dreams of becoming a dancer in Paris, and her best friend Victor (Nat Wolff), who… »

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Neil Burger On ‘The Upside’, Finding Common Ground Amidst Divided America – Toronto Studio

15 September 2017 12:27 PM, PDT

Released in 2011, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledo's The Intouchables quickly became one of French cinema's biggest-ever hits. Telling the true story of a quadriplegic businessman who hires a black ex-con to be his live-in caregiver, the buddy movie was nominated for eight Césars—the French Oscars—in its homeland, winning one for Omar Sy, who played François Cluzet's helper, while not receiving quite the same rapturous reception in the outside world. Now, the film has been… »

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Jamie Lee Curtis Returning For New ‘Halloween’

15 September 2017 12:11 PM, PDT

Jamie Lee Curtis is getting back in her Halloween costume. The actress and Universal said today that she will return to play her iconic role of Laurie Strode in the new installment of the horror franchise that will hit theaters in October 2018. Curtis tweeted the news today, complete with the first look at the character she first played in the 1978 original, and reprised in some fashion in five subsequent sequels and reboots: "Same porch. Same clothes. Same issues. 40… »

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Sean Baker Talks Cannes Hit ‘The Florida Project’ And America’s Hidden Homeless – Toronto Studio

15 September 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

Sean Baker arrived at the Toronto Film Festival with one of the most talked-about films in the program, his Cannes hit The Florida Project. Having premiered in Directors' Fortnight in May this year, the follow-up to the La-set Sundance hit Tangerine (2015) wowed critics and punters alike with its sometimes joyously anarchic, sometimes harrowing story of a young single mother (newcomer Bria Vinaite) and her little girl (Brooklynn Prince) living on benefits in a motel just… »

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Emma Stone, Steve Carell & More On Prepping For The ‘Battle Of The Sexes’ – Toronto Studio

15 September 2017 11:32 AM, PDT

In these inflammatory Donald Trump times, along comes a movie celebrating female empowerment, and this awards season it’s Fox Searchlight’s Battle of the Sexes, which recounts the moments surrounding the famed 1973 tennis match between world No. 1 Billie Jean King and ex-champ Bobby Riggs. The face-off sought to prove that women were equal, if not better, tennis players than men. There was already an ABC movie made about the showdown, 2001’s When Billie Beat… »

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Alexander Payne On ‘Downsizing’ And Finding A Fictional Solution To The World’s Population Problem – Toronto Studio

15 September 2017 11:25 AM, PDT

Alexander Payne had the distinction of opening this year's Venice Film Festival with his new film Downsizing, which followed last year's La La Land in a first-night slot that is often seen as a launching pad for awards season titles. Starring Matt Damon, the film takes place in a world where Norwegian scientists have found a way to shrink human beings down to just a few inches in size; Damon and Kristen Wiig play a married couple who decide to go for the process so they… »

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Netflix Lands Andrew Niccol’s ‘Anon’ For $4 Million – Toronto

15 September 2017 10:57 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Netflix has acquired U.S. and some foreign rights to Anon, the Andrew Niccol-directed thriller that stars Clive Owen, Amanda Seyfried, Colm Feore and Sonya Walger. Word around King Street is that deal came in at $4 million. The picture was one of several that CAA screened last Thursday in Toronto, just before the festival’s programmed slate got underway. Niccol directed Gattaca and wrote The Truman Show and more recently Gemini Man (which Ang Lee will direct… »

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‘Loving Pablo’s Javier Bardem On His Two Decade Journey Toward Portraying Pablo Escobar — Toronto Studio

15 September 2017 10:56 AM, PDT

Appearing at both the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival with two films—Loving Pablo, from Spanish writer/director Fernando León de Aranoa, and Darren Aronofsky’s menacing Mother!—Javier Bardem is having a banner year. Carrying the desire to portray infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar for two decades, the actor finally got his chance with the former film. Starring Bardem and Penélope Cruz—and based on a memoir by Virginia Vallejo titled Loving Pablo… »

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‘The Crown’s Emmy Nominated Claire Foy Set For ‘The Girl In The Spider’s Web’ At Sony

15 September 2017 10:07 AM, PDT

She was rumored as a front-runner for the role of Lizbeth Salander for The Girl In The Spider’s Web and now it’s a done deal. Emmy-nominated Claire Foy (The Crown) will continue where Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara left off, playing the strong female lead character created by author Stieg Larsson in the next installment of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series for Sony Pictures’ Millennium franchise. To be directed by Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe), the film is slated for an… »

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